AWIS Adopts Family for Christmas

Laura Erwin
Graduate Student 

Over the Christmas holidays, the South Louisiana chapter of the Association for Women in Science adopted one senior and one family with three children aged 3, 8 and 11 through the Salvation Army’s Christmas donor program. The donors were mostly composed of LSUHSC faculty, postdocs and students, as is the chapter itself, but we had participation from the Tulane Medical School as well. Through the coordinated efforts of Drs. Carmen Canavier and Sonia Gasparini, we provided the family with a gift card and wrapping materials in addition to the pictured gifts. The response was so generous that we will likely adopt more individuals next year.

The AWIS South Louisiana chapter is dedicated to empowering women in science and technology by providing a platform for networking opportunities and career development programs, and to promoting an interest in science among young women. The AWIS SE Louisiana chapter welcomes all persons interested in furthering the careers of women in science.

If you are interested in joining the local AWIS chapter, please contact our treasurer, Dr. Donna Neumann at dneum1@lsuhsc.edu.

If anyone is interested in learning more about us, please contact anyone on the Executive Committee; we would be glad to provide more information.

Local Executive Board members are:

  • Jane Eason (SAHP), President
  • Tekeda Ferguson (SOPH), Secretary
  • Donna Neumann (SOM), Treasurer
  • Angela Amedee (SOM), Past-President
  • Crescent Combe (SOM) – Post-Doc Representative
  • Adrienne McGinn (SOGS) – Graduate Student Representative

 

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MD/PhD Report

Angela Amedee, Ph.D.
Director of the MD/PhD Program

Two M.D./Ph.D. Students have recently received excellent scores on the National Institutes of Health Ruth L. Kirschstein F30 grant applications and expect to receive funding.  Katelyn Robillard, a doctoral student conducting research in the laboratory of Dr. Jennifer Lentz, will receive funding from the National Eye Institute for her grant entitled, Genetic Strategies for the Treatment of Usher Syndrome in Mice.  Vincent Maffei, a doctoral student conducting research under the direction of Drs. Chris Taylor and David Welsh, received an excellent score on his application entitled, Alcohol-associated Intestinal Dysbiosis and CD8+ T-cell Activation and Immunosenescence during HIV Infection, and it was recently discussed for funding by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

MD-PhD StudentsAllyson Schreiber, a doctoral student in the laboratory of Dr. Nick Gilpin co-authored a book chapter that was recently published.  “Corticotropin-Releasing Factor Neurocircuitry and Neuropharmacology in Alcohol Drinking” for the Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology”. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29374836 )

At a recent M.D./Ph.D. forum, current students presented Dr. Kathy McDonough, former director of the program, a “heartfelt” retirement gift to thank her for years of dedication and student guidance.  On behalf of current and former M.D./Ph.D. students, Dr. McDonough was presented with a custom-made glass wine decanter made in Milan, Italy and constructed to resemble an anatomically correct human heart.

 

 

LGBT+Allies Organization for the Cultural Understanding in the Health Science (LOCUS)  

Ayesha Umrigar and Mirandy Li
Co-Presidents of LOCUS 

LGBT+Allies Organization for Cultural Understanding in the Health Sciences (LOCUS) is an inter-professional student organization aimed at advancing awareness and advocating for the LGBTQ community at LSUHSC and in New Orleans.

During this past month, we had several of our volunteers work with CrescentCare to pack and distribute condoms and educational material, which were handed out to the crowds during Mardi Gras. We greatly appreciate all the work our volunteers do. To learn about more about our volunteer opportunities, visit https://www.medschool.lsuhsc.edu/cmhe/locus/ and subscribe to our listserv.

Want to try out rock climbing and earn money for charity in the process? Well here’s your chance. New Orleans Boulder Lounge at 2360 St. Claude St hosts an LGBTQ night every month and allows a portion of the proceeds to be donated to charity. We are still in the process of selecting an LGBTQ organization to donate to, so if you have any suggestions, especially for local LGBTQ groups, please email either Ayesha Umrigar (aumrig@lsuhsc.edu) or Mirandy Li (mli2@lsuhsc.edu). Times and dates for this event will be announced through email.

Rainbow CaduceusWant to show your support for LGBTQ Healthcare?  You can purchase a rainbow caduceus pin to wear on your white coat or your lab coat.  Wearing this will demonstrate to your patients, colleagues, students, and friends that you support LGBTQ health and the LGBTQ community.  The pins are $5 and all proceeds go to support the mission of LOCUS.  If you’re interested in purchasing a pin, please email either Ayesha Umrigar (aumrig@lsuhsc.edu) or Mirandy Li (mli2@lsuhsc.edu).

Be sure to check out our website (https://www.medschool.lsuhsc.edu/cmhe/locus/) which provides links to resources for LGBTQ students, as well as for the general community. This is also where we post information about any upcoming events. If you would like to receive emails from LOCUS, there is an option on our website to subscribe to our listserv. To protect the privacy of our members, we use the “blind carbon copy” for email correspondence. This means that you can’t see the other recipients of the email and they can’t see you.

We look forward to seeing you all at our meetings and events this year.

 

 

Faculty Assembly

John Hunt, M.D.
Faculty Assembly President

The SOM Faculty Assembly met on November 1 and December 7, 2017.

At both meetings, we reviewed standing reports from The Executive committee, The School of Medicine Administrative Council, and the Faculty Senate.  Business items discussed at both meetings included:

Housekeeping issues on campus, specifically the restrooms in MEB – With the help of Dean Nelson we involved the Facilities Department with some positive results.  The overall cleanliness of the restrooms are improved.  The Facilities Department replaced or repaired a number of the lavatory facilities.  There are still some that will require extensive plumbing repairs and will be repaired later.  We will monitor progress.

Safety on campus – This was discussed in the Assembly and in executive session with the Dean.  There was a stakeholders meeting demonstrating some coordination between the schools and the hospital, an improvement over the past.  We discussed more effective ways to distribute safety information and crime alerts.  The Faculty Senate will handle this issue since it involves all of the schools, not just the Medical School.

LCME visit – Dr Richard DiCarlo, as the outgoing Dean of Students, was an invited guest and reviewed the LCME visit.  The exit visit synopsis, by the site visitors, was very favorable.  They noted only five minor, and easily correctable, deficiencies out of 93 categories.  The final adjudication is with the LCME, but looks very favorable at this point.  Good job, to all the people in the Offices of Student Affairs and Medical Education.

Part-time Faculty – Dr. Richard DiCarlo, as the new incoming Dean of Faculty, also discussed the role and representation of part-time faculty at the institution.  There are over 100 part-time faculty at the medical school.  We will survey these part-time faculty and the chairs of departments with a substantial number of part-time faculty to make sure they are represented appropriately on the Faculty Assembly and other aspects of institutional life, such as committee representation.

If you would like to add to the above mentioned issues or there are important issues that you think the Faculty Assembly needs to address, please contact us via the website suggestion box at http://www.medschool.lsuhsc.edu/faculty_assembly/ or one of your faculty assembly representatives:

 

Faculty

Email Department Telephone Executive Committee
Clinical Science 2015-2018
Guillory, Shane sguil1@lsuhsc.edu Med 568-5722
Gottlieb-Sen, Danielle dsen@lsuhsc.edu Surgery 568-4750
Happel, Kyle khappe@lsuhsc.edu Med-Pulm/CC 568-4634 Admin. Council Rep
Hetzler, Laura (BR) lhetzl@lsuhsc.edu ENT 225-765-1765
Hunt, John jhunt2@lsuhsc.edu Surgery 568-4750 President
Lee, Olivia olee2@lsuhsc.edu Orthopedics 568-4680
McGoey, Robin rmcgoe@lsuhsc.edu Pathology 568-6031
Oge, Linda (LAF) loge@lsuhsc.edu Family Med 337-278-4121
Clinical Science 2016-2019
Ali, Murtuza mali@lsuhsc.edu Med (Cardio) 617-997-9160
Callahan, Kristin kcall1@lsuhsc.edu Psychiatry 568-6004
Delacroix, Scott sdelac@lsuhsc.edu Urology 412-1600
Holman, Stacey sholma@lsuhsc.edu OB/Gyn 568-4850
Houser, Marcella mhouse@lsuhsc.edu Pediatrics 896-2777
Mooney, Jennifer jmoone@lsuhsc.edu Surgery 568-4750
Prasad, Pinki pprasa@lsuhsc.edu Pediatrics 896-9740 Secretary/Treasurer
Spieler, Brad bspie1@lsuhsc.edu Radiology 568-5523
Surcouf, Jeffrey jsurco@lsuhsc.edu Pediatrics 896-9418
Clinical Science 2017-2020
DeSilva, Taniya tdesil@lsuhsc.edu Med (Endo) 617-997-9160
Hart, Jennifer jhart@lsuhsc.edu Med 568-5722
Kamboj, Sanjay skampo@lsushc.edu Med 568-5722
Lilje, Christian clilje@lsuhsc.edu Pediatrics 896-9751
Orangio, Guy gorang@lsuhsc.edu Surgery 568-4750
Polite, Florencia fpolit@lsuhsc.edu OB/Gyn 568-4850
Rivera, Dana driver@lsuhsc.edu Pediatrics 896-9418
Roth, Christopher croth@lsuhsc.edu Urology 568-2207
Basic Science 2015-2018
Campeau, Lisa lcampe@lsuhsc.edu Anatomy 568-2792
Lentz, Jennifer jlentz@lsuhsc.edu NC/ENT 599-0400
Levitzky, Mike mlevit@lsuhsc.edu Physiology 568-6184
Winsauer, Peter pwinsa@lsuhsc.edu Pharmacology 568-2063
Basic Science 2016-2019
Gardner, Jason jgardn@lsuhsc.edu Physiology 568-7252
Kapusta, Daniel dkapus@lsuhsc.edu Pharmacology 568-4740
Kelly, Ben bkell2@lsuhsc.edu MIP 568-6115
Sturtevant, Joy jsturt@lsuhsc.edu MIP 568-6116
Basic Science 2017-2020
Crabtree, Judy jcrabt@lsuhsc.edu Genetics 568-2963 Admin. Council Rep
Goodchild, Traci tgoodc@lsuhsc.edu Pharmacology 568-3116
Kozlowski, Pamela pkozlo@lsuhsc.edu MIP 568-6956
Taylor, Christopher ctay15@lsuhsc.edu MIP 568-4065 President Elect

MD-PhD Students Receive Research Presentation Awards 

Angela Amedee, Ph.D.
Director of the MD/PhD Program

Several MD-PhD students recently participated in the School of Graduate Studies or School of Medicine Research Day, with four receiving awards for their presentations.

At the GS Research Day held on November 3rd, two students won 1st and 2nd place awards for their presentations in the 3-minute talk competition:

  • Zachary Stielper received first place for his presentation entitled, Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Escalates Alcohol Consumption in Alcohol-Drinking Female Rats, describing his work under the mentorship of Drs. Patricia Molina and Nick Gilpin in the Department of Physiology.
  • Katelyn Robillard won second place for her presentation, Genetic Strategies for the Treatment of RP in Usher Syndrome of work done under the mentorship of Dr. Jennifer Lentz in the Neuroscience Center.

In the 10-minute talk competition, Robert Fuchs won first place for his presentation, Association of Chronic Nicotine Inhalation with Hypertension in Mice, detailing work done under the mentorship of Dr. Eric Lazartigues in the Department of Pharmacology.

At the School of Medicine Research Day held on November 17th, Hunter Hidalgo (current L2 student) won first place for his poster presentation entitled, Novel Rodent Model of Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction (HF-pEF).  In the summer of 2018, Hunter plans to continue his research as a full-time graduate student under the mentorship of Dr. David Lefer in Pharmacology Department and Cardiovascular Center of Excellence.

Congratulations to these students!

 

LGBT+Allies Organization for Cultural Understanding the Health Sciences (LOCUS) 

Ayesha Umrigar and Mirandy Li
Co-Presidents

LGBT + Allies Organization for Cultural Understanding in the Health Sciences (LOCUS) in an inter-professional student organization aimed at advancing awareness and advocating for the LGBTQ community at LSUHSC and in New Orleans.

We are very grateful to our volunteers for participating in the New Orleans Advocates for GLBT Elders (NOAGE) Gala on Friday, November 17 at Audubon Zoo’s Swamp Exhibit & Cajun Ballroom. We will be having more volunteer events in the near future, so stay tuned.

Be sure to check out our website (https://www.medschool.lsuhsc.edu/cmhe/locus/) which provides links to resources for LGBTQ students, as well as for the general community. This is also where we post information about any upcoming events. If you would like to receive emails from LOCUS, there is an option on our website to subscribe to our listserv. To protect the privacy of our members, we use the “blind carbon copy” for email correspondence. This means that you can’t see the other recipients of the email and they can’t see you.

We look forward to seeing you all at our meetings and events this year.

 

 

Association for Women in Science (AWIS) – Southern Louisiana Chapter

Jane Eason, Ph.D., P.T.

AWIS-SL is proud to be a winner of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) 2018 STAR Chapter and Affiliate Award.  Thirty AWIS chapters and affiliates received this award for demonstrating strong leadership and well-organized programs to advance women in STEM.  This award honors groups that have accomplished key objectives outlined in the association’s Strategic Plan.  This award encourages groups to perform specific activities designed to ensure that women in STEM fields can achieve their full potential. 

Our next membership meeting will be on Tuesday, May 8th from 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm in the Pharmacology conference room MEB  #5216.  At this meeting we will elect new officers for President, Secretary and Treasurer.   

The AWIS Southern Louisiana chapter is dedicated to empowering women in science and technology by providing a platform for networking opportunities and career development programs, and to promoting an interest in science among girls and young women.  The AWIS Southern Louisiana chapter welcomes all persons interested in furthering the careers of women in science. 

The cost to join the national organization is $150.00 annually as a professional member and $65.00 annual for junior members (students, postdocs).  To join only the AWIS-SL chapter only, professional and junior member dues are $25.00 annually and $10.00 annually for students.  We use this money to help fund our Outstanding Young Scientist Travel Award for graduate students/post-docs as well as for other community outreach events.  If you are interested in joining the local AWIS chapter, please contact our treasurer, Allison Augustus – Wallace at awall1@lsuhsc.edu. 

If anyone is interested in learning more about us, please contact anyone on the Executive Committee; we would be glad to provide more information. 

Local Executive Board members are: 

  • Jane Eason (SAHP), President 
  • Tekeda Ferguson (SOPH), Secretary 
  • Donna Neuman (SOM), Treasurer 
  • Angela Amedee (SOM), Past-President 
  • Crescent Combe (SOM) – Post-Doc Representative 
  • Adrienne McGinn (Graduate Studies) – Graduate Student Rep 

LGBT+Allies Organization for Cultural Understanding the Health Sciences (LOCUS) 

Ayesha Umrigar and Mirandy Li
Co-Presidents  

LGBT + Allies Organization for Cultural Understanding in the Health Sciences (LOCUS) held two events in the month of October:  

We are pleased to announce that another Safe Zone training session was made available for students. The student-focused training was held on Saturday, October 28th from 1-4 at the LSUHSC downtown campus. Safe Zone training was developed to foster culturally competent work and school environments for LGBTQ individuals. These training sessions provide participants with the awareness, knowledge, and skills to advocate for their LGBTQ peers, family members, friends, coworkers, and for themselves. To date, 27 faculty members have undergone Safe Zone training. They can be identified by the Safe Zone sticker attached to their office nameplate, as well as being listed on our website (see link below). Additional training sessions for faculty will be offered in the near future. 

 We also facilitated a “Coffee Talk” with the New Orleans Advocates for GLBT Elders (NOAGE) on October 14 at the New Orleans Healing Center (2372 St. Claude Ave.). This talk focused on the role of genetic testing in providing patient care. Three student volunteers conducted a simple experiment to demonstrate how genetic testing is performed in the laboratory. If you’d like to participate in future Coffee Talks or any of our other volunteer opportunities, please visit our website (https://www.medschool.lsuhsc.edu/cmhe/locus/) where you can subscribe to our email list.  

If you have any questions about LOCUS or volunteer opportunities, please contact Co-Presidents Mirandy Li (mli2@lsuhsc.edu) and Ayesha Umrigar (aumrig@lsuhsc.edu).  

 

 

M.D./Ph.D. Program

A few updates for the MD/PhD program – Dr. Kathleen McDonough has retired after 38 years as a faculty member at LSUHSC New Orleans. She was the Director of the MD/PhD program since 2003. She was preceded by Dr. Adele Spence who was instrumental in initiating the expansion of the program to its current status. Dr. McDonough will continue to assist the students in the program and new Program Director, Dr. Angela Amedee, Professor of Microbiology, Immunology and Parasitology (MIP).

Dr. Amedee has served as the graduate coordinator for the MIP department for a number of years and has trained several MD/PhD students including Drs. Jessica Thomas, currently a faculty member and Associate Medical Director of the Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory at Houston Methodist Hospital and Whitney Nichols, currently a first year pediatrics resident at the University of Mississippi in Jackson, MS. Spencer Robichaux completed his PhD this past May under Dr. Amedee’ s mentorship, was funded by an F30 grant from the National Institutes on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and is currently a third year medical student. The program is very fortunate to have Dr. Amedee as its new director.

 

 

Faculty Assembly 

The SOM Faculty Assembly met on October 5, 2017.

We reviewed standing reports from The Executive committee, The School of Medicine Administrative Council, and the Faculty Senate.  Old business revolved upon trying to improve specific housekeeping efforts in the Medical Education Building, how to best improve the shuttle usage and use of the shuttle app, and future fundraising efforts by the Faculty Assembly.

New business consisted of a discussion on how to best improve safety around campus and at University Medical Center and how to distribute safety information most efficiently.  If you would like to add to the above mentioned issues or there are important issues that you think the Faculty Assembly needs to address, please contact us via the website suggestion box at http://www.medschool.lsuhsc.edu/faculty_assembly/ or one of your faculty assembly representatives:

Faculty Email Department Telephone Executive Committee
Clinical Science 2015-2018
Guillory, Shane sguil1@lsuhsc.edu Med 568-5722
Gottlieb-Sen, Danielle dsen@lsuhsc.edu Surgery 568-4750
Happel, Kyle khappe@lsuhsc.edu Med-Pulm/CC 568-4634 Admin. Counsel Rep
Hetzler, Laura (BR) lhetzl@lsuhsc.edu ENT 225-765-1765
Hunt, John jhunt2@lsuhsc.edu Surgery 568-4750 President
Lee, Olivia olee2@lsuhsc.edu Orthopedics 568-4680
McGoey, Robin rmcgoe@lsuhsc.edu Pathology 568-6031
Oge, Linda (LAF) loge@lsuhsc.edu Family Med 337-278-4121
Clinical Science 2016-2019
Ali, Murtuza mali@lsuhsc.edu Med (Cardio) 617-997-9160
Callahan, Kristin kcall1@lsuhsc.edu Psychiatry 568-6004
Delacroix, Scott sdelac@lsuhsc.edu Urology 412-1600
Holman, Stacey sholma@lsuhsc.edu OB/Gyn 568-4850
Houser, Marcella mhouse@lsuhsc.edu Pediatrics 896-2777
Mooney, Jennifer jmoone@lsuhsc.edu Surgery 568-4750
Prasad, Pinki pprasa@lsuhsc.edu Pediatrics 896-9740 Secretary/Treasurer
Spieler, Brad bspie1@lsuhsc.edu Radiology 568-5523
Surcouf, Jeffrey jsurco@lsuhsc.edu Pediatrics 896-9418
Clinical Science 2017-2020
DeSilva, Taniya tdesil@lsuhsc.edu Med (Endo) 617-997-9160
Hart, Jennifer jhart@lsuhsc.edu Med 568-5722
Kamboj, Sanjay skampo@lsushc.edu Med 568-5722
Lilje, Christian clilje@lsuhsc.edu Pediatrics 896-9751
Orangio, Guy gorang@lsuhsc.edu Surgery 568-4750
Polite, Florencia fpolit@lsuhsc.edu OB/Gyn 568-4850
Rivera, Dana driver@lsuhsc.edu Pediatrics 896-9418
Roth, Christopher croth@lsuhsc.edu Urology 568-2207
Basic Science 2015-2018
Campeau, Lisa lcampe@lsuhsc.edu Anatomy 568-2792
Lentz, Jennifer jlentz@lsuhsc.edu NC/ENT 599-0400
Levitzky, Mike mlevit@lsuhsc.edu Physiology 568-6184
Winsauer, Peter pwinsa@lsuhsc.edu Pharmacology 568-2063
Basic Science 2016-2019
Gardner, Jason jgardn@lsuhsc.edu Physiology 568-7252
Kapusta, Daniel dkapus@lsuhsc.edu Pharmacology 568-4740
Kelly, Ben bkell2@lsuhsc.edu MIP 568-6115
Sturtevant, Joy jsturt@lsuhsc.edu MIP 568-6116
Basic Science 2017-2020
Crabtree, Judy jcrabt@lsuhsc.edu Genetics 568-2963 Admin. Counsel Rep
Goodchild, Traci tgoodc@lsuhsc.edu Pharmacology 568-3116
Kozlowski, Pamela pkozlo@lsuhsc.edu MIP 568-6956
Taylor, Christopher ctay15@lsuhsc.edu MIP 568-4065 President Elect